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Regional Resources: Southwest, Western and Navajo

The Southwest Region, Western Region and Navajo Region together serve 68 Tribes through 26 local BIA agencies. Uniquely, the Navajo Region serves only the Navajo Nation through its 5 local BIA agencies and Regional Office. Droughts in the Southwest have contributed to declines in traditional Indigenous staple foods, including acorns, corn, and pine nuts. Drought and increasing heat intensify the arid conditions of reservations where the United States restricted some Tribal nations in the southwest to the driest portions of their traditional homelands. Navajo elders tell of the increasingly arid conditions over the last half of the 20th century that contributed to declines in culturally significant crops, the flow of specific water springs and seeps, and wildlife populations, such as eagles. Projected reductions in water supply reliability, coupled with water agreements that involve selling or leasing tribal water to neighboring communities, could place Tribal water supplies at risk during severe shortages (NCA4, Ch. 25).

Southwest: Resources

Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Regional Resources

Organization Resources

Southwest: Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

Tribes in the BIA Southwest region living in the state of Colorado are served by the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, partnering with Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance.

Stefan Tangen
Email: Stefan.G.Tangen@gmail.com
Phone: 907-987-5127

Kynser Wahwahsuck
Email: Kynser.Wahwahsuck@colorado.edu
Phone: (913) 704-5690

Tribes in the BIA Southwest region living in the state of New Mexico are served by the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center.

April Taylor
Supported by the Chickasaw Nation
Email: April.Taylor@Chickasaw.net
Phone: 580-235-7430

Yvette Wiley
Email: DYvette.Wiley@ou.edu
Phone: 918-549-8648

Southwest: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Connect with staff at the BIA regional office coordinating Tribal climate resilience activities:

D. Chris Kitcheyan
Email: David.Kitcheyan@bia.gov
Phone: 505-563-3408

Western: Resources

Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Regional Resources

Organization Resources

Western: Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

The BIA Western region is served by the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center partnering with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Anissa McKenna
Email: amckenna@aihec.org
Phone: 912-506-9508

Western: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Connect with staff at the BIA regional office coordinating Tribal climate resilience activities:

Charles "Chip" Lewis
Email: Charles.Lewis@bia.gov
Phone: 602-379-6782

Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) Regional Resources

Organization Resources

The BIA Navajo region is served by the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center partnering with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Anissa McKenna
Email: amckenna@aihec.org
Phone: 912-506-9508

Connect with staff at the BIA regional office coordinating Tribal climate resilience activities:

Jordan Pina
Email: Jordan.Pina@bia.gov
Phone: 505-863-8320

Contact Us

Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience
1001 Indian School Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. MST, Monday–Friday.

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